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Thai's Black Tie Event


An interesting quirk to the Thai Airways Airbus A330-300 landing accident at Bangkok Airport. It appears the airline rapidly dispatched a crane and workers to paint over theThai Airways name and logo on the side of the aircraft and on its tail.

A Thai Airways spokesperson told a British newspaper, The Guardian, that the action was taken in line with a "crisis communications rule" to protect the airline's image.

But when everyone already knows it's a Thai Airways aircraft, I'm not sure what a blackout achieves, other than perhaps drawing even more attention to the aircraft and accident.

The aircraft skidded off the runway after landing, but everyone safely evacuated and Thai said just 13 of the 302 passengers and crew onboard suffered minor injuries in the evacuation.

Any thoughts on whether to black out ?

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